Monday, July 28, 2014


I belong to a Vintage Sewing Machine Facebook Group.  I am conflicted about my membership.  That is another story.  I was lurking there a few days ago.  One of the members was having tension trouble with a Generic HA-1 Class 15 machine.  She posted one of my photos on the post. (  That's ok with me.  I have almost all of my photos stamped in one way or another so I know it's mine.   The tension parts in the photo were from a 201 and not from a 15.  The parts are a bit different.  There is no thread guard on the 15 but there is one for the 201.  The check springs are different as well.

So here are some photos of the parts as they come apart from thumb nut to stud.  I did not take out the stud or the check spring.  I was not in the mood to take the whole thing apart.  I should, though, and replace the check spring.

Push the numbered dial in and release the thumb nut. Screw the nut off completely and the numbered dial slips off.

to reveal the stop washer.  Note the position of the stop washer.
I was surprised to see another stop washer.
To remove the whole assembly with the stud and the check spring attached, you loosen the set screw.  The other larger screw is used to move  the whole assembly within its housing, thus adjusting the check spring. 
I believe that second stop washer is the Tension Release Pin cross piece that releases the discs when the presser foot is lifted.  

That's it.  Not all HA-1s are alike .  I have a Brother that is different from this one.  I believe the Genuine Singer is different as well.  

The problem with this little project is that now I remember how much I like this cute little green machine.  I may have to put it in the treadle stand.  Sigh.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

You Never Miss the Water....

 When I finished the Queen Size DNP, I felt relief along with regret.  I wanted to play some more.  I missed the spirals and loop de loo.  I felt the same way last week when I took the baby quilt off the frame.  I have been having fun quilting.  Now I am anxious to get back to  quilting.  I think I might make one for us. 

I love this quilt.

The quilting isn't perfect.  That's ok.  It is funky and organic.  Suits me. I had fun
quilt back


I got up and got to my part of the paint job early this morning.  I promised Steven that I would paint the lower part; form the top of the windows to the sills.  The windows still need to be prepped.  I believe professionals paint the trim first.  It certainly is looking crisp and clean. 

Hopefully this job will last a few years.  This is the southern exposure.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flowers everywhere

So, it's true.  I'm an Old Wanna Be Hippie (OWBH).  Now, many of us (even Mick Jagger) are grand parents, including me.

I started quilting the baby quilt last weekend.  It is bigger than a baby quilt but since it is for a baby, I still call it a baby quilt.   It's about the size of a throw.

I am still a novice with this whole process.  So far, though, I am happy with the flowers.

Yes I am singing to myself as I quilt.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


You aren't supposed to have favorites; children or dogs.  I had only one child, so I was safe there.  But with three dogs, the fact of the matter is that I do have a favorite: Wilson. He follows me around.  He stares at me.  He looks for me and seems to be the happiest to see me when I get home.
A few weeks ago he seemed a bit lame and stiff one evening when he greeted me after work.  He was limping on his right front leg and his left rear leg.  By morning he was fine.  No vet trip needed.

That happened again last week.  Friday he was lame and stiff but able to go for the walk, chase the cyclists passing the house (we have a fenced in yard; cyclists safe) and sniff for the chippies. Saturday he would get up and move around, but was clearly hurting.  Sunday he did not move.  I hand fed him breakfast, brought a water bowl to him and worried.  I wondered if he had Lyme.
Monday he was better.  Not great, but able to run, pee, poop, eat, drink and he seemed fine.  He went to the vet anyway.  No Lyme.  Maybe arthritis or a bad back.  We got some 4 dollar a pill Doggie Motrin.

"Give it to him daily and follow up in two weeks."

Right. At 4 dollars a pill, 120 dollars a month and 1440 a year  I thought observation was in order.  He seemed fine Tuesday morning but by the evening he gave me that look and laid down in the pain position.

A few hours after I gave him the pill (with food, he didn't mind getting some more supper.  Frannie and Wrigley joined right in) he was better.  Much better.  So much better that he rubbed his face on the rug, rolled over on his back and wiggled all around.

Steven and I decided that every 36 hours was a good compromise.  I also figured that an online supplier might be less expensive.

So now, as with all things dogs and babies, we wait and see.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Paint Job

I guess I won't be doing much sewing or machine repair for a while.  We have undertaken our every 15 year paint job.
Fortunately the north side of the house can wait until next year.  I scrubbed the front and back porch walls today.  Scraping is next but there isn't too much of that.  I hate prepping ceilings.  I will reward myself when I complete that nasty chore.  Hmmmmm.  I wonder what I will chose as a reward.

Monday, July 7, 2014


If you have been following the blog, you know I spend some time at the Quilt Zoo, in Worcester, NY.
Often I would hear "DNA on the quilt !" after someone says "Ouch" from a pin prick.  I know what that means now.

I decided to pin the baby quilt to the frame instead of using the zip leaders.  It is small enough and I wanted to compare the experiences.  I think I prefer the zip leaders

Quilt back
Quilt topI
After I pinned the back and the top to the take-up rail, I placed the batting between the two layers and carefully rolled everything onto the take-up rail.  When the back was just the right length I pinned it to the back rail. As I was rolling it carefully onto the back rail, I pricked my finger


That red splotch is some of my DNA in the form of sanguinous fluid.  It is not on the quilt per se.  It is on the cloth leader.  

I believe I prefer the zip leaders method.
It did not take that long to pin the pieces.  I was finished in just about an hour.  I plan to make new leaders from the cotton ticking I purchased from  The stripes on the ticking will provide a straight edge and increase my accuracy as I stitch the leader to the quilt.

I am floating the top and the batting.  That means that I am not attaching the top or batting to  their respective rails.  I may regret this decision as I get close the end.  I will need to pin the top to it's rail in order to provide enough tension.  I will have to be very careful not to spill some DNA.  

The quilt is ready to go when I am.  Of course I must service the machine before I start the new quilt.  Remind me to change the needle.  New project, new needle.